St. Patrick’s and St. Brigid’s College have appointed a Wellbeing Lead for Year 11 and Year 12 pupils. Her name is Blínne (pronounced Bleena).
Children thrive in all areas of life when they feel safe, and their wellbeing is healthy. Blinne's role involves supporting this through one-to-one support, small group settings, presentations to class groups, and at assemblies. She will provide information about resilience skills and coping strategies that are suitable for all pupils and will be useful for their future studies/employment. Blinne will also provide enrichment activities which supports wellbeing.
There will be a wellbeing hub provided for young people to relax and regulate during break and lunch times.
There is a lot happening in life and brain development for teenagers. Below is some information that you may find interesting for supporting your teenager through this stage of their development.
The Importance of being a Teenager:
Dan Siegel - "The Adolescent Brain" - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O1u5OEc5eY
A lot is happening during this stage. It can impact their ability to problem solve, regulate emotions, and communicate effectively at different times.
Why are Teenage Emotions Heightened?
Supporting the Emotional Rollercoaster:
Dan Siegel - Connecting to Calm - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV3hp_eaoiE
Resources and Signposting:
This is a recorded webinar for parents/carers to watch relating to young people struggling with school attendance because of anxiety https://youtu.be/Kt7JxyAcYdo
If you are experiencing mental health concerns with your child, the first step should be to seek professional advice from your GP, who will determine whether a referral to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) can take place.
Service operates 5.00pm - 9.00am, Monday to Friday, with 24-hour cover at weekends including Bank Holidays. If the lines are engaged your call will be diverted to an answerphone, on which will enable you to leave your contact details and someone will call you back within 30 minutes
-If urgent than call 999
-Samaritans: provides 24-hour emotional support: Tel: 116 123 (UK) (free number)
-NSPCC or ChildLine